From the Desk of Elmont Union Free School District Supt. Al Harper
Dear Elmont Parents:
With September just around the corner, we are looking forward to welcoming more than 3,800 students to what promises to be an exciting school year.
Elmont teachers and administrators worked diligently over the spring and summer months to develop a new social studies map, grade-specific web quests and document-based inquiries based on the Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES curriculum that aligns with the New York State K-12 Social Studies Framework, approved by the New York State Board of Regents in January 2015.
Additionally, the district will implement Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s 2015 “Go Math!” program this school year, with a new math curriculum map developed by a team of talented teachers and administrators. The math and social studies curriculum maps will be presented to the teaching staff on Superintendent’s Conference Day, Sept. 6.
We continue to make technological improvements to ensure our students have the necessary tools to achieve success. All desktop computers in every school computer lab were replaced this summer. The new desktops are faster and more efficient and will enable us to enhance our instructional program and support our academic goals for all students. The district is also in the process of upgrading and re-imaging its instructional network, with upgrades including the installation of Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Office 365, as well as the latest version of Smart Notebook. In addition, we will upgrade to Teacher Connect and will make data entry and the retrieval of student report card information more effective and efficient for teachers and administrators.
It was an exciting summer across the Elmont School District. Approximately 900 students attended the Academic Summer School, Summer Enrichment, Extended School Year and SKIP programs. I was privileged to lead a new science initiative in response to the District’s commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) for our soon-to-be sixth-graders. These students explored the circulatory system by dissecting a cow’s heart as part of the district’s Mentoring in Medicine workshop, under the direction of Mentoring in Medicine Chief Operating Officer Andrew Morrison and Dr. Raj Kirshnan of Montefiore Medical Center.
All summer programs included an interdisciplinary curriculum and the opportunity to participate in activities involving visual and performing arts and technology. Children went on exciting field trips, engaged in videoconferences, and showcased their talents to parents during learning expos at Dutch Broadway and Clara H. Carlson schools. The visual and performing arts students staged Shakespearean classics, sang, danced and performed a variety of music.
The daily attendance of our summer programs was between 85 and 90 percent, due largely to a dedicated staff and a data-driven curriculum based on students’ needs and interests. The district extends a special thank-you to our summer administrators, staff and parents.
As we approach the new school year, I’d like to announce the appointment of Amy Buchanan as principal of Dutch Broadway School and Shawnée Warfield as principal of Alden Terrace School. Both of these administrators have been part of the Elmont school community for many years and have a deep, unwavering commitment to our students.
Please join me in setting high expectations for the upcoming year. I know that getting children excited about the opportunities and possibilities of the new school year is essential to their success. The first day of school is extremely important, especially for our children. It sets the stage for all they need to accomplish in the school year.
Superintendent of Schools